Who Can Be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?

by Staff Blogger | November 14th, 2019

Medical malpractice is a term used to describe a situation when a medical or healthcare professional acts in a negligent or careless manner resulting in injury or illness in a patient. The healthcare industry is highly regulated and many of the roles that involve direct patient interaction require years of education, training, and certifications. When providers make mistakes that cause patients to suffer harm, they should be held accountable. But which providers can be liable for medical malpractice?

Almost all medical professionals can commit medical malpractice, including:

  • Doctors, surgeons, psychiatrists, and dentists
  • Nurses, midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants
  • Physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, podiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, optometrists, and more

The degree to which each professional may be held accountable for medical malpractice differs depending on their role in treating patients, their level of education, and their autonomy in healthcare practices. For example, doctors who make careless mistakes before, during, or after delivery are often held to a higher standard of care than nurses and midwives.

In addition, sometimes healthcare facilities themselves can be held liable when patients suffer poor outcomes, especially when their hiring practices are negligent or fail to abide by industry and state requirements and standards.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a healthcare professional or facility, it’s important to have an experienced Roanoke medical malpractice lawyer on your side. Skolrood Law Firm has many years of experience investigating, building, and winning medical malpractice claims for innocent victims, and we know who to hold accountable when serious mistakes occur. Contact us today for a free consultation.